Jesus Wars

Jesus Wars

How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years

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Jesus Wars reveals how official, orthodox teaching about Jesus was the product of political maneuvers by a handful of key characters in the fifth century. Jenkins argues that were it not for these controversies, the papacy as we know it would never have come into existence and that today's church could be teaching something very different about Jesus. It is only an accident of history that one group of Roman emperors and militia-wielding bishops defeated another faction. --from publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061768941
0061768944
Branch Call Number: 270.2 JENKINS
Characteristics: xix, 328 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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stewstealth
Sep 06, 2013

The author's narrative kept what could be an extremely dry subject interesting. The politics and bullying involved in a number of ecumenical councils rivals a group of mob families fighting for their turf. This book is written from an apologists viewpoint but was still interesting for me as an atheist. Worth reading for anyone interested in the subject.

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zal1
Jun 27, 2011

Philip Jenkins has presented the first 600 years of Christology in a way that resembles a Shia-Sunni internecine conflict. An interest in early Christian history would help navigate the hair-splitting issues at stake in these bloody rivalries that span from the time the faith stopped being persecuted to the time it was behind the powers-that-be. I thought the film, Agora, was sensationalized but I later recanted my earlier impression and that these centuries were actually worse than the Crusades. I never realized about that until I read this! Utterly surprising!

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